79 Chi. L. Libr. Bull. 1 (October 1979)

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CHICAGO


LAW LIBRARY


BULLETIN

October 1979 No. 79


                                    _CHICAGO ASSOCIATION OF LAW LIBRARIES






           NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF LAW



                 Lewis University College of Law is no more. Since August-i,
           1979, it is instead the Northern Illinois University College of Law.
           Although most of us knew of the name change, many wondered what it
           implied for the future of the law school. Even more, we wondered
           how it has affected the library.
                 The library has been affected in a number of ways, large and
           small, according to Stanley Horst, associate law librarian at the
           college. Mr. Horst spoke with us recently about the transfer of
           jurisdiction, as it is officially termed. Of course the first
           question is, Does this mean a move to DeKalb? The answer is
           yes, but not before the fall of 1982. The delay in moving to
           DeKalb does nothowever,mean that the law library will remain at
           its same location. Instead the library recently moved to a new
           location on the Glen Ellyn campus of Lewis University. The new
           quarters, which are more spacious than the old, will be leased from
           Lewis  until the move to Northern's campus. Since the library greatly
           needed more space, this move represents a significant improvement.
           Another improvement following the change of parent institution
           is the sounder financial basis provided by affiliation with the
           state school.
                 Long range plans for such things as the relationship of the
           law library and the university library, the staff structure of the
           law library and the physical space alloted to it are yet to be deter-
           mined. Mr. Horst explains that the entire transfer process, from
           proposal to consummation, was quite rapid and actually rather unexpected.
           In summary, the proposal for Northern Illinois University to acquire
           Lewis's law school was first presented to the Board of Regents
           (which governs Northern, Governor's State and Northeastern) early this
           year. The Board did not recommend the move. The Illinois Board of
           Higher Education, on the other hand, approved the proposal by a large
           margin, whereupon it went to the Illinois legislature. Both houses
           overwhelmingly approved the measure and, even more surprising to many,
           Governor Thompson signed it into law. Because of this combination of
           speed and uncertainty it is understandable that the details of how
           the College of Law will fit into its new home are not settled.


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